Leeds was once again illuminated by the fantastic Light Night Leeds in October. A now established date in the city’s calendar.
Taking place over two nights (5 & 6 October) Light Night Leeds, the annual free multi-arts and light event that has grown year on year and attracts a wide audience of visitors.
This year, the festival launched with a stunning Illuminated Night Carnival Parade led by Handmade Parade, featuring Spark! Drummers and the amazing Leeds West Indian Carnival. The procession wove its way through the city centre in an explosion of music and light.
Now in its 13th year, Light Night Leeds showcases an exciting programme of innovative events and activities.
Projections, interactive installations, exhibitions, dance, music, and street performances all brighten the cityscape.
Striking highlights this year included the giant ‘Lampounettes’, in addition to the mesmerising ‘Museum of the Moon’ at Leeds Dock.
Crowds were transfixed as a result of the audio-visual building projections, across the front of Leeds Civic Hall and on the façade of The Queens Hotel, while at Kirkgate Market, children played in a brilliant life-sized, interactive game zone inspired by classic arcade games including Space Invaders and Tetris (which only their parents remembered!). Leeds Town Hall crypt was transformed into a mysterious, enchanted forest where explorers could find their way around using flashlights and cryptic messages by Thought Bubble.
Striking highlights this year included ‘Lampounette’ (a collection of incredible giant lamps on Briggate), and the mesmerising ‘Museum of the Moon’ at Leeds Dock (a magically suspended moon which cast blue light over water).
Crowds were transfixed by audio-visual building projections, seen across the front of Leeds Civic Hall (exploring the history of Leeds) and on the façade of The Queens Hotel (marking the hotel’s 80th anniversary).
At Kirkgate Market, children played in a brilliant life-sized, interactive game zone inspired by classic arcade games including Space Invaders and Tetri (which only their parents remembered!), and at Leeds Town Hall, Thought Bubble transformed the crypt into a mysterious, enchanted forest where explorers could find their way around using flashlights and cryptic messages.
Councillor Judith Blake, Leader of the Council, said:
“Light Night Leeds is one the biggest, best and brightest occasions on our city’s calendar. It also brings together 80,000 people to experience something truly unique and unforgettable.”
Andrew Cooper, LeedsBID Chief Executive, said:
“Light Night is a shining star in the city’s cultural calendar and illuminates Leeds in spectacular fashion. It was one of the first events that LeedsBID became involved with. LeedsBID are delighted to continue to financially support this event and furthermore to assist practically. As a result of this Light Night Leeds has been able to continue to extend its audience, appeal and most of all people’s overall enjoyment.”
In total, more than 60 illuminated installations lit up some of Leeds’ most famous buildings, inside and out… Here’s looking forward to an even bigger and better festival in 2018!
A Look Into The First Ever Leeds International Festival
by Leeds International Festival
Leeds West Indian Carnival: A Brief History About The Oldest West Indian Carnival In Europe
by The City Talking
An interview with founder of Thought Bubble Festival, Lisa Wood (part 1)
See Leeds In A New Light
by Leeds City Council
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